Interesting (non-exotic) food near N. Attleboro (S. Boston, Providence)?
I've got an opportunity and hoping you can help. I'm a Midwesterner that will be up in the greater south Boston / Providence area for a couple of evenings and am looking for food ideas. While I'm a pretty adventurous eater, I'll be with some folks that like more mainstream (read: American, Italian, Chinese-American, etc.) food. However, I want to avoid chains and bad food to whatever extent possible. What to do! I'd be very open to ideas of local places that meet these characteristics-- we're able to do anything from "casual" (jeans and a button-up) to "nice" (business casual). What do you think? Can you help? (If it helps, our "base of operations" will be N. Attleboro.)
You'll be a short distance from the old Italian neighborhood Federal Hill in Providence.
Great restaurants and great for a stroll and an after-dinner drink.
Two I'd recommend are Siena and Mediterraneo.
I really like Colonel Blackinton Inn, in Attleboro. I love their outdoor seating (gardeny-courtyard type setting) but the indoor seating is very nice too. I've never had a bad meal. One thing to keep in mind.....a local Frank Sinatra impersonator plays several nights a week. While most people seem to consider that a plus (and he IS good), I find it much too loud & intrusive during dinner. You definitely can't hold a conversation while he's singing. Something to keep in mind depending on your noise tolerance. See the menus (lunch/dinner/Sun brunch) here:
Memphis Rib House in Attleboro is tied for tops in the area for BBQ. Not good ol' rib joint prices though.
From North Attleboro, drive north on Rt. 1 a few miles to the Chieftain Pub in Plainville. Casual place with great food, especially the steamers. A little further up Rt. 1 in Wrentham is Luciano's, which has decent Italian.
Right in North Attleboro in the center of town is a little place called Portobellos. Really cute, intimate atmosphere and really good italian food.
I support the recommendation of the Colonel Blackington Inn. The food and ambiance are excellent (though the Frank Sinatra impersonator sounds scary - - glad I've missed him!). As for the recommendation of Mediterraneo, I've had only bad meals there. Uninspired, dull, the kind that makes you think a microwave is the only kitchen appliance in use. I keep hearing rave reviews, but they just don't match my experience.
Wow, what great responses! (I knew my fellow hounds wouldn't let me down!) You've given me enough great suggestions that I'll be set for several visits to come! I was there Thursday night and we took one of the early suggestions and went to Porto Bello's in Attleboro. It was simply lovely. Beautiful restaurant, nice atmosphere, reasonably priced, and very high quality. Highly recommended! Now to plan a trip to get back and try some other places!